According to security expert Gavin de Becker
, a woman dies every four hours in the United States at the hands of her boyfriend or spouse. Gavin also says these crimes are often predictable and preventable.
To combat domestic violence, Gavin has developed a potentially lifesaving tool called MOSAIC
. This online assessment is free and protects the user's identity.
—the victim or concerned loved ones—can log onto the website and answer 46 questions to determine how much of a threat an abuser poses to an individual or family. "MOSAIC
expresses its results on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most likely to escalate—including homicide," Gavin says.
The technology is based on similar programs used to protect congressmen and Supreme Court justices. "It takes the factors of a situation and breaks them down and then sees all these pieces of the puzzle and puts it back together in a way that, in a domestic violence situation, a woman can see the picture for the first time."
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